Women Are Stuck in Mid-Level Roles. Here’s How Corporate America Can Support Them

After months of Covid-related challenges at work and home, one in four women is thinking about downshifting her career or leaving the workforce entirely. That’s according to a recent study on women in the workplace from the nonprofit advocacy group LeanIn.org and consulting firm McKinsey.

As a result, the report advised corporate America to ask itself whether cementing a more flexible and equitable work environment is worth it to retain and champion women.

At Adweek’s Women Trailblazers summit this week, executive editor Stephanie Paterik sat down with two marketing leaders to discuss how this issue impacts women in their industry in particular, as well as how women can advance beyond mid-level positions—and how the pandemic will impact how women work moving forward.

Tech-enabled marketing

At a time when marketing jobs increasingly require expertise in data and technology, fewer women are graduating in related fields, making it even harder for women to become leaders in the space, said Marta Cyhan-Bowles, chief marketing officer of media company Catalina.

Part of the problem is the tech industry remains dominated by men such as Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey. “I think that in some ways women don’t see … [the tech industry] could be a profession that can be for them,” she added.

However, Jennifer Remling, global chief people officer at media investment company GroupM, noted a bright spot in that media and advertising is a good place for women to start their careers and get on-the-job exposure to data and technology even if their backgrounds aren’t specifically in STEM.

“We’re hiring people from media and advertising backgrounds, but we’ve become much more tech-focused and that’s just going to continue to increase,” she said. “So I think it’s a good place to come in … and see where you can play a role in it because … women can see themselves in it more so than maybe an engineering or a tech company.”

And, as coding becomes integrated into primary education, younger generations—female and male—will be better prepared for careers in tech-enabled marketing.

“But in some ways, there’s a huge gap over the next 10 years [where] we need to create that focus so that we have people to fill the jobs,” Cyhan-Bowles added.

Finding an ally in the office

For women already in the field—or just starting out—finding a way to work with company leaders is one way to proactively create paths to growth, Cyhan-Bowles said.

Doing just that enabled her to be more “provocative or adventurous, or try different things or bring innovation forward” in her own career, she added.

Then, as women grow in the workplace, it’s about building relationships and “making sure your team is following you and management buys what you’re into,” Cyhan-Bowles said. “Because in meetings, sometimes you need somebody who’s going to support your point of view and really endorse that versus [being] the lone wolf creating and trying to voice change.”

Career advocacy programs

Managers, on the other hand, should focus on

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If Trump skips the inauguration, it may be bad for America, but it would be a gift to Biden

Graham might be right in that Trump’s appearance at a Biden inauguration might be good for the country, but it is almost certainly not ideal for Biden.

Trump, a loser, would still upstage Biden

Consider how the event could play out if Trump were in attendance. Due to the pandemic, the inauguration will already be a sparsely attended event. Hours of television footage probably won’t involve wide pans of an audience on the National Mall. Instead, there will be lingering camera shots of socially distant dignitaries.

Biden wouldn’t be the star even at his own inauguration, but inevitably the supporting actor to Trump’s leading role. Everyone would be keeping an eye on Trump. Would he sulk? Would he tweet during the event? Would he be gregarious and charming?

Instead, if reports are true, Trump will just leave out the back door. (Granted, maybe not so quietly.)

It removes the thorny question about how to handle Trump and COVID precautions

Technically, the inauguration ceremony is hosted by Congress and that is one reason why it is typically held on Capitol Hill. It is their event, and congressional leaders will be the ones figuring how many people will be allowed to witness the proceedings in person and, among other things, where they will get to sit and whether they will be required to wear a face mask.

Now enter Trump into the equation. There is the politics and messaging to the country about what Trump would do regarding rules around COVID. But then there are also legit public health concerns. Two White House events this fall seemed to have been superspreader events. This week, Trump is holding holiday events indoors that could also spread the virus.

Whether or not Trump ends up going to the inauguration, organizers need to figure out how to keep everyone there healthy.

Just imagine the potential of an iconic picture where Trump finally extends a congratulatory handshake to Biden knowing that Biden wouldn’t shake his hand because of COVID. This is a situation Biden would surely like to avoid.

If Trump attends his own rally instead, it just plays into Biden’s hands

There is also reporting in recent days that Trump not only won’t attend the inauguration, but he will also actually leave the White House and do something else: Hold a kickoff rally for a 2024 campaign.

If he does that, then he sets up a dynamic where every criticism Trump makes of Biden going forward, he isn’t doing it as a former president, but as Biden’s chief political opponent. That lessens the impact of the criticism since Trump is then a loser looking for a rematch.

Trump wouldn’t even need to both hold a rally and announce another bid for president. He could just suggest it in a tweet as he flies away on Marine One.

Biden would then be facing an opponent he already beat, have all the advantages of the presidency, and Trump will freeze the GOP field, potentially hampering other candidates who

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Volunteers of America Classic marks LPGA’s return to North Texas, will serve as tune up for U.S. Women’s Open

The LPGA is back in North Texas with the Volunteers of America Classic at the Old American Golf Club in The Colony.

The rescheduled tournament (from October) now doubles as a tuneup for next week’s U.S. Women’s Open that will be contested at Champions Golf Club’s Cypress Creek Course in Houston and the season-ending CME Group Tour Championship at Tiburón Golf Club in Naples, Fla., the following week.

The VOA Classic is in its third year at the links-style Old American Golf Club designed by Tripp Davis and 12-time PGA TOUR winner Justin Leonard after its first five events took place at Las Colinas Country Club in Irving.

The 120-player field this week includes world No. 1 Jin Young Ko, two-time VOA Classic champion and world No. 5 Inbee Park, 2014 VOA Classic champion Stacey Lewis and defending champion Cheyenne Knight.

Knight, 23, who resides in Aledo, enjoys playing close to home.

“It’s nice. It’s more comfortable. You know, it’s different than staying in a hotel, having a rental car, but you know, I know where everything is, I don’t even need a GPS,” Knight said. “Yeah, coming home every night, sleeping in my own bed with my family and my dogs. Because the weather’s colder, I don’t need to go buy anything because I have everything at home in my closet, so it’s really nice.”

Another Texas golfer in the field is Kristen Gillman, 23, who is originally from Austin. Gillman is looking forward to playing even though there will be no fans allowed on the grounds.

“Everyone’s been texting me and asking if they can come and watch, so sadly I have to keep telling them ‘No, sorry, fans aren’t allowed yet.’ I know that they’re all watching and they’re all excited to watch live scoring,” she said. “I mean, they’re just excited to be able to see me compete. Even though they won’t be here in person, they can at least watch some of it on TV. I think they’re excited to see me out here playing in Texas.”


The festivities kicked off with the VOA Classic Charity Challenge on Wednesday afternoon featuring Texas natives Stacy Lewis and Gerina Piller taking on Sophia Popov and Mel Reid in what was billed as a “Solheim Cup-style showdown” between Team USA and Team Europe.

Playing the back nine of the Old American Golf Club’s par-71 layout, they were joined by former Rangers second baseman Ian Kinsler and former Stars goalie Marty Turco to play the par-5 No. 17th hole.

“I like to get beat up psychologically, that’s why I play golf,” Kinsler cracked on the Golf Channel broadcast. “I’ll swing hard in case I hit it.”

And hit it he did. Kinsler’s drive carried 299 yards for Team USA, albeit a little off the fairway.

Turco ripped his drive as well and donned a Stars goalie mask for his walk down the fairway.

Kinsler and Turco each drained birdie putts on No. 17, carrying the

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South America Pet Care (Food, Grooming, Accessories & Healthcare) Market Outlook, 2020-2025 with 2019 as the Base Year – ResearchAndMarkets.com – Press Release

DUBLIN–(Business Wire)–The “South America Pet Care (Food, Grooming, Accessories & Healthcare) Market Outlook, 2025” report has been added to ResearchAndMarkets.com’s offering.

The report gives an all-round analysis of the South American pet care market, which is increasing day by day. In this, the millennial plays a considerable role in pet adoption as they consider the pet as humans and are willing to take care of them.

As urbanization continues and disposable income rises, more consumers are turning towards pet companionship. As South American people shifted from pet ownership to pet parenthood, opportunities in every pet care segment have increased for any company that wants to capitalize on it.

The rise of e-commerce and other technologies have pushed the market on the path of growth. As the ownership of pets is increasing, the segments associated with the pet care market like pet accessories, pet grooming, pet healthcare, are also rising, with people are becoming aware of pet health, well-being, and comfort.

Globally, the South American pet care market stands at fourth position, which has generated a revenue of above USD 9 Billion. The pet care market is still at a growing stage but has posted the fastest growth when compared to the top three regions globally. In certain countries, the grooming and accessories market is not explored to its maximum & thus providing opportunities to the companies.

The pet food market has the largest share in the South American pet care market, as the people are becoming more aware and responsible for what they are feeding to their pets. This growing awareness will let the market grow with an expected CAGR of above 6% in the forecasted period till the year 2025.

The pet food market is followed by pet services, which include accessories, healthcare, and grooming. The overall market trend related to pet grooming products has been observed with both the economical and premium quality being in demand.

In countries like Brazil and Argentina, people are spending more on the health and well-being of the pet, which has given a significant growth in the grooming service segment. Pet grooming products have observed the fastest growth at a rate of 6% CAGR historically. Brazil has established itself among the top five pet care markets globally in terms of the retail value of sales over the past few years, achieving tremendous growth even during the economic recession the country has faced since 2014.

Major players in the market

  • Nestle SA
  • Mars Incorporated
  • Colgate-Palmolive
  • J M Smucker
  • Blue-Buffalo
  • Champion Pet Foods
  • NicoluzziRacoes
  • United Pet Group Inc

Considered for the report:

  • Base year: 2019
  • Estimated year: 2020
  • Forecasted year: 2025

Key Topics Covered:

1 Executive Summary

2 Methodology

3 Regional Analysis

4 Global Pet Population Analysis

4.1 By Country (Dog/ Cat/ Bird/ Fish)

5 Global Pet Care Market Outlook

5.1 Market Size By ValueBy Segment

5.2 Market Share

5.3 Global Pet Food Market Outlook

5.4 Global Pet Healthcare Market Outlook

5.5 Global Pet Accessories Market Outlook

5.6 Global Pet Grooming Market Outlook

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Women’s movement sweeps Latin America to loosen abortion restrictions

MEXICO CITY/BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) – Several weeks pregnant and about to start a job away from home, Lupita Ruiz had no doubts about wanting to end her pregnancy, despite knowing she could face jail time for having an abortion under a law in her state of Chiapas in southern Mexico.

Pro-abortion activist Lupita Ruiz poses for a photo during an interview with Reuters, in Mexico City, Mexico November 11, 2020. REUTERS/Toya Sarno Jordan

She asked friends for help until she found a doctor two hours from her town who agreed to do it in secret.

Five years later, lawmakers in Chiapas are set to consider an initiative to halt prosecutions of women who terminate their pregnancies, part of a movement sweeping Latin America to loosen some of the world’s most restrictive abortion laws.

Several out of more than 20 Latin American nations ban abortion outright, including El Salvador, which has sentenced some women to up to 40 years in prison. Most countries, including Brazil, the region’s most populous, allow abortion only in specific circumstances, such as rape or health risk to the mother.

Just Uruguay and Cuba allow elective abortions.

In Mexico, a patchwork of state restrictions apply, but the debate is shifting, Ruiz said.

“When someone talked about abortion, they were shushed,” said the 27-year-old activist, who helped draft the Chiapas initiative. “Now I can sit down to eat a tamale and have a coffee and talk with my mom and my grandma about abortion, without anyone telling me to be quiet.”

Change is palpable across the predominantly Roman Catholic region. A new Argentine president proposed legalization last month, Chilean activists are aiming to write broader reproductive rights into a new constitution, and female lawmakers in Mexico are resisting abortion bans.

The push can be traced to Argentina’s pro-abortion protests in 2018 by as many as one million women to back a legalization bill that only narrowly failed to pass – in Pope Francis’s home country.

Catalina Martinez, director for Latin America and the Caribbean at the Center for Reproductive Rights, a legal advocacy organization, said Argentina’s example inspired protests across Latin America.

“It was an awakening,” she said.

Outrage at worsening gender violence in Latin America, where the number of femicides has doubled in five years, has also spread awareness of the abortion rights movement and fueled demands for recognition of women’s rights in a conservative, male-dominated society.

“Women are finally understanding that they are not separate issues,” said Catalina Calderon, director for campaigns and advocacy programs at the Women’s Equality Center. “It’s the fact that you agree that we women are in control of our bodies, our decisions, our lives.”

The rise of social media has afforded women opportunities to bypass establishment-controlled media and bring attention to their stories, Calderon said.

“Now they’re out there for the public to discuss and for the women to react, and say: ‘This does not work. We need to do something’,” Calderon said.

As in

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Explore an “Exploded” Ford Model T, the Car That Changed America

1910 Ford Model T Car

A 1910 Ford Model T, photographed by Harry Shipler. (Photo: Wikimedia Commons [Public domain])

The Ford Model T car is an American icon. Billed as the country’s first affordable vehicle, it was released in 1908 by the Ford Motor Company under the direction of Henry Ford. Sold for between $260 and $850 (about $7,300 and $24,000 in 2020), the car allowed the middle class to become motorists. American daily life adapted itself to this new mobility, and the U.S. still remains a nation of drivers.

While most people have heard of the Model T, one can learn more about the renowned car by seeing inside its internal mechanisms. At the Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation, visitors can explore the construction and development of the car known as “Tin Lizzie” in hands-on exhibits.

At The Henry Ford, (as the museum is known) visitors will encounter an “exploded” Model T. Each component of this 1924 touring model is suspended in the air. Pieces are arrayed in the order of assembly, and the objects situated closer to the frame were incorporated before the farther parts. “Exploded” models arranged in this way were used by engineers—such as Leonardo DaVinci—to visualize the construction of an object. At the museum, visitors to the “Made in America” exhibit will also have a daily chance to help construct a real Model T car.

Between its release in 1908 and eventual discontinuation in 1927, 15 million Ford Model T cars were produced in Ford’s Michigan factories. This incredible volume of production involved the use of standardized mass-produced parts, a technique developed during 19th-century industrialization. But Henry Ford knew that, while mass-produced mechanical parts made vehicles more affordable to produce, he also needed an efficient method of production. In 1913, Ford introduced the moving assembly line. This invention revolutionized factory production across many industries. For Ford, it allowed his company to keep up with skyrocketing demand while keeping prices low. Visitors will get a sense of this at The Henry Ford as they have a chance to build on an assembly line, learning more about the assembly line-built car that changed America.

If you would like to learn more about the Model T and other American innovations, check out The Henry Ford website.

The Ford Model T changed the American way of life.

1925 Ford Model T Touring Model

A 1925 Ford Model T touring model, built in Michigan. (Photo: ModelTMitch via Wikimedia Commons [CC BY-SA 4.0])

The first affordable, mass-produced vehicle, the Model T debuted in 1908 and ran until 1927. Over 15 million vehicles were sold.

Build A Model T Experience

The Build a Model T experience in “Made in America” at The Henry Ford. (Photo: The Henry Ford)

The Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation memorializes the history of this legendary vehicle, and also lets visitors gaze inside the mechanical workings through exhibits such as an “exploded” Model T.

Exploded Model T

Exploded Ford Model T Henry Ford Museum

Exploded Ford Model T. Originally Manufactured in 1924. (Photo: The Henry Ford)

Henry Ford, the founder of Ford Motor Company, also pioneered the moving assembly line in 1913.

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North America Surety Market Report 2020: Global Acceptance of Public Private Partnership Model Anticipated to Drive the Surety Market Growth

Dublin, Nov. 24, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — The “North America Surety Market Forecast to 2027 – COVID-19 Impact and Regional Analysis By Bond Type (Contract Surety Bond, Commercial Surety Bond, Court Surety Bond, and Fidelity Surety Bond); and Country” report has been added to ResearchAndMarkets.com’s offering.

The North America surety market was valued at US$ 8,573.43 million in 2019 and is expected to grow at a CAGR of 6.4% during the forecast period from 2020-2027 to reach US$ 13,498.40 million by 2027.

The surety market is traditionally a local business based on know-how of the local market. However, with increasing globalization, large surety market players are setting up operations in developing markets such as Canada and Mexico. One of the major challenge faced by surety companies is to acquire the knowledge on local political and regulatory landscape. Global companies, however, have the capacity to hire professional local underwriters to compete in the market.

Many of the mature economies across the globe are facing major challenges owing to their ageing infrastructure. For instance, as per the American Society of Civil Engineers’, the US would need around US$ 4.5 Tn by 2025 to upgrade the state of its roads, bridges, airports, dams, schools, and more. Moreover, ageing power generation and distribution infrastructure are becoming a key biggest challenges for utilities in developed countries. For instance, in the US, the power grid is believed to be valued an estimated US$ 876 Bn, renovating infrastructure would cost hundreds of US$ Bn, as per the US Department of Energy. Upgrading generation, as well as transmission facilities in these countries, would draw significant investments hence, the surety market is expected to bolster.

Since, the US has a higher concentration of manufacturing and construction industry players, and the country is experiencing unparalleled growth in COVID-19 infected patients, the government has enacted strict lockdown measures, thereby terminating several construction activities. This has been reflecting delay in project completion, which is a key concern for the construction companies. As of December 31, 2019, there were 323 insurers in the country that reported direct premium written for the surety market. The insurers that wrote performance bonds are expected to observe a rise in claim frequency and severity as a result of unemployment, constrained cash flows, and other phenomena impacting businesses.

Canada and Mexico have numerous smaller enterprises operating in the construction industry. The COVID-19 pandemic has raised significant concerns over their businesses as respective governments have enacted strict lockdown and social distancing measures. Attributing to the lockdown measures, several construction players in Canada and Mexico experienced tremors in respective business. This situation is foreseen to continue till 2021, which is further expected to stall the year-on-year growth of surety market in the two countries.

CNA Financial Corporation, The Travelers Indemnity Company, Liberty Mutual Insurance Company, Chubb, and The Hartford among others are among the key players serving the surety market in North America.

Key Topics Covered:

1. Introduction

2. Key Takeaways

3. Research Methodology

4. Surety Market Landscape
4.1 Market

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